News briefs: Music on the Beach, Sample the Sierra & Tahoe Tennis Classic |

News briefs: Music on the Beach, Sample the Sierra & Tahoe Tennis Classic

Tahoe Arts Project will host an evening of music on the beach on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 7-9 p.m.
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Join Tahoe Arts Project for an evening of music on the beach on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 7-9 p.m. Pat Ronan, owner of Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge and Spa, is hosting this benefit for Tahoe Arts Project. It will feature the music of Niall McGuinness, Trey Stone and John Shipley. Bring blankets, low-back chairs, food and beverages, but please no pets. Soda, water and baked goods will be available for sale and there will be a raffle for awesome prizes. A suggested donation of $10 per person will support Tahoe Arts Project’s mission of bringing professional performing arts into the schools and community of South Lake Tahoe.

Call 530 542-3632 for more information.


The vendor pairings for the 6th Annual Sample the Sierra have been announced. Approximately 54 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, farmers and producers will participate in the one-day farm-to-fork festival on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Bijou Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The pairings for this year’s Sample the Sierra are as follows: Beach Hut Deli with Loomis Basin Brewing Co., Bear Moon Bar & Grill with Auriga Wine Cellars, Blue Angel Café with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Boathouse on the Pier with Andis Wines, Cold Water Brewery & Grill, Echo Lounge at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel with Madroña Vineyards, Kalani’s with Vino Noceto, La Isla… Tropical Cuisine of Lake Tahoe with Tahoe Moonshine Distillery, MacDuff’s Pub with Nello Olivo Wines, Primo’s Italian Bistro with BellaGrace Vineyards, Riva Grill with Crystal Basin Cellars, Sierra Pizza with FOLK Brewing Co., Sweet Party with Dry Diggings Distillery, The Getaway Café with Lava Cap, Winey Munkies with Boeger Winery, Great Basin Brewing Company, Lake Tahoe Golf Course with Tahoe Blue Vodka, and Casey’s – An American Cantina with Story Winery.

Ingredients are provided by local farmers and producers including: Beals’ Orchard, El Dorado Hills Natural Farms, Green Acres Organic Farm, Harris Tree Farm, Heart Rock Herb & Spice Co., Hooverville Orchards, Jacobs Family Berry Farm, Lattin Farms, Little Roots Farm, Mann Family Farm, Mountain Bounty Farm, Papa Hank’s Skyridge Farm, Perez’s Red Shack, Rainbow Orchards, Rio De Parras Organics, Sierra Valley Farms, Toscano Family Farm, Truckee Sourdough Co., and V&M Farms.

Tastings begin at 12 p.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Festival goers have the opportunity to vote for the Best Tasting Experience during the festival by choosing the pairing they enjoyed the most. The festival marketplace will open at noon and entertainment, including live music, a cooking demo with cookbook author Joanne Neft and the 4th Annual Sierra Chef Challenge, also begins at noon. The festival closes at 5 p.m.

Sample the Sierra is a collaborative effort on part of El Dorado County, Tahoe South and the Tahoe Chamber. This one-day festival focuses on geo-tourism in the Sierra Nevada with the goal to increase awareness of the region’s bounty, heritage, culture and activities.

Visit for more information about the festival and to purchase your tickets.


The Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation thanks the multitude of individuals and businesses that contributed to making the 32nd annual Tahoe Tennis Classic such a success.

The foundation is the nonprofit entity responsible for the upkeep of the six courts at Zephyr Cove Park. It takes time and money to keep this valuable asset in pristine condition. The foundation’s main fundraiser is during the players’ dinner of the tournament. This year items were donated for the silent auction and raffle with a value of more than $10,000.

The all-volunteer foundation uses the proceeds to improve the courts — including repairing the playing surface. That will be the next big expenditure. Like all facilities, though, there are always maintenance issues that go beyond substantive changes.

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